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Computer causes fire at a Le Mars, IA business

LE MARS, Iowa (KTIV) -

Fire crews credit a working sprinkler system for keeping a fire contained at a Le Mars, Iowa business early Monday morning.

Fire and rescue crews from Le Mars and Orange City were called to Icon Ag and Turf around seven o'clock Monday morning. When they arrived, they noticed heavy smoke coming from an upstairs room in the shop. Inside, they found flames coming from a computer system.

"Appears to be an accidental fire, electrical equipment malfunction with this computer tower. Of course, these are all plastic and things like that so we had a lot of heavy black smoke, but not a lot of fire. The sprinkler did its job and slowed the fire down and the guys were able to finish putting it out with one hand line," said David Schipper, Le Mars Fire and Rescue Chief.

Schipper said if it wasn't for the sprinkler system, the fire could have spread to other parts of the building, but instead it was contained to the upstairs room.

Despite the minimal damage, Icon Ag and Turf, which sells farm and yard equipment, was open for business as usual Monday morning.


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